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Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA: Multnomah County, OR

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 121
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 18
Population 672,161
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 180.0
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 26.8

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
1 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
2 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
3 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 119 121 16 17 18 --
Alcohol1 43 49 0 9 8 --
Cocaine 45 48 4 0 0 --
Marijuana 13 11 0 -- -- --
Stimulants 19 19 -- -- -- --
Club drugs2 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens3 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- -- -- 0 0 --
 
Antidepressants 33 26 0 9 10 --
Antipsychotics 6 -- 0 -- 4 --
Benzodiazepines 26 25 0 -- 4 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 7 10 0 4 -- --
Opiates/opioids 95 103 9 7 7 --
– Heroin (specified) 32 57 5 0 0 --
– Methadone 22 27 4 -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 71 41 0 6 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants 4 -- 0 -- -- --

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 12.9%
Overmedication 12.9%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 60.4%
Could not be determined 13.7%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 121
– Abuse 16
– Drug or alcohol 121
– Toxic effects 95
Body systems (includes infections) --
Accidents and injuries 0

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 74
Public place 11
Other 25
Not documented --

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 258.1
Female 103.5

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 11.4
21 to 34 181.9
35 to 54 372.4
55 and over 101.9

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 9 94 103
Alcohol 0 49 49
Cocaine 4 44 48
Antidepressants 0 26 26
Benzodiazepines 0 25 25

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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